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University of Surrey: Intensifying the Experience of International Students

Author : HER Team

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Prof. Vince Emery, Senior Vice-President University of Surrey

Getting a homelike environment away from home is complete bliss for the one who determines to fly abroad in the pursuit of their dream study programme. Established on 9 September 1966, the University of Surrey is housing 200 Indian students out of a total population of some 15,800 students and offering the perfect set-up an Indian student long for in a foreign country. "We are aware of the employability quotient around the world and so accord a substantial gravity in providing employment for our students through education which is relevant to the industry," shares Prof. Vince Emery, Senior Vice-President, University of Surrey. In the latest QS world rankings of universities for employability, the University of Surrey has been ranked in the 121-130 zone.

Regarded as one of the UKs leading research universities, the University of Surrey has been the platform for many developments and discoveries



The University has more than 2,300 professional partners and a score of more than 95 percent graduate employability for the past five years, which makes it one of the most sought-after learning destinations for the students all over. The students of Surrey from the very beginning of their course are impelled to take up project work and ease their learning by making the curriculum grounded in the
'real world' using pertinent contemporary examples to illustrate areas of pedagogy.

Encompassing a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, the University focuses on a multi-disciplinary study, which will enable the students to adapt themselves to the ever-changing landscape of 21st-century education. Additionally, the multi-cultural campus of the University helps each student to gain values like tolerance, teamwork and adaptability, which are considered as the core elements in a working environment. "The curriculum of each course is designed in a manner where there is a blend of skills and competencies along with a high quality basic understanding of theoretical learning," opines Prof. Emery."We have also recently installed 'lecture capture' in our main lectures theatres and rooms which allows the student to access a full real-time audio dialogue to accompany the slides on our virtual learning environment."

Among the many USPs of the university, one is its approach of allowing undergraduate students to undergo a one year professional placement as part of their degree. Learning while doing is now acknowledged worldwide where the employers seek for a minimum duration of working experience in the employee's resume, making surety of their readiness of working in a 'real-work environment'. During this period, students can complete a Professional Training Year (PTY) where the university provides a network of PTY tutors who will be responsible for addressing the doubts of the students by visiting them away from the university.

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